Former owner of The New Age and ANN7 Mzwanele Manyi is set to announce his "new political home" this week, with speculation rife that he will leave the ANC.
Manyi, a former government spokesperson, made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday night, saying he would be holding a press briefing on Wednesday at 14:00 in Johannesburg.
Manyi now calls himself the founding president of the "Decolonisation Foundation".
In another tweet on Saturday night, he alluded to what could be behind his move to a new political home.
There is also speculation that Manyi’s decision follows a falling out with ANC members. Basic education ministry spokesperson Troy Martens said Manyi had left their ANC branch’s WhatsApp group after he was pushed for “explanations”.
Manyi is known for his support of former president Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family, having acquired the family’s media assets in 2017.
Manyi’s announcement received much criticism on social media. Former Cope leader Mbhazima Shilowa said Manyi had previously said critics of political organisations should change it from the inside. Manyi asked for proof that he had said this.
At first, Manyi’s tweet elicited disbelief, with some pointing out that Manyi had always been very loyal to the ANC.
Some speculated that Manyi was making the move to secure enough seats to earn a salary in Parliament.